Kenya: Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga pledge reconciliation

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"Elections come and go but Kenya remains".

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday held talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and assured him of Washington's commitment to Kenya on trade and security, a statement said.

The decision is reported to have been taken without consultation with key advisers, including Mr Tillerson.

Bilowgii sanadkan, Mr. Odinga ayaa isu dhaariyey Madaxweynaha shacabka waxa uuna diiday in uu Mr. Kenyatta u aqoonsado in uu doorashada ku guuleystay oo uu Madaxwayne yahay.

Kenyatta said they "have a responsibility as leaders to find solutions". The Supreme Court earlier nullified an August presidential poll and ordered the October re-run.

He called Odinga "his brother" on Friday and promised "we will begin a process of bringing our people together" after the elections.

The election season blunted growth in Kenya, East Africa's richest economy and a western ally in a volatile region.

At one point, Mr Odinga asked Mr Godec and other 10 envoys to keep off Kenya's political affairs after calls that he should accept the legitimacy of President Kenyatta.

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Mr Odinga said that nothing had been changed before the re-run.

He said they have agreed to stop any dissent immediately and not to allow the country's diversity to kill their nation.

Miguna Miguna, a prominent Kenyan opposition lawyer and politician who was deported to Canada in February, denounced the Kenyatta-Odinga reconciliation.

"The US should not be dismissed or discounted".

He later met with President at State House where he stated the U.S. was interested in widening its investment in Kenya as well as strengthening the bilateral and trade relations between the two countries.

Kabando, who lost his seat in the last general election, said the two leaders had shown that Kenya has reached a new level of maturity in politics.

That's not a coincidence, said independent political analyst Martin Andati.

Mr. Odinga's unilateral, irrational and erratic decision to betray the fight for electoral justice, the culture of impunity and the flagrant abuse of human rights that have become routine under the illegitimate regime of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto can not be justified. "The Head of State placed the country first and decided that he should sit down with the former Prime Minister and discuss how to move the country forward", said Ngeno.

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